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Carl E Shellman

Military

22-Feb-43 Assigned to the 303BG/358BS at Molesworth, UK as Ball Turret Gunner of the 2LT James R. Dunn crew.

31-Mar-43 Killed in Action (KIA) while serving as the Ball Turret Gunner of B-17F 42-29573 "Two Beauts", 303BG/358BS in mid-air collision with B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG 360BS during assembly for a mission to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. This occured less than an hour from takeoff with each carrying 6 bombs for the mission to Rotterdam. The planes crashed at Mears Ashby and 303rd reports a memorial to the two crews is there.

Participated in 7 Operations (1 was Aborted). See Biography events.

Service

Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24539 Jersey Bounce

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-K] Kellogg Fd 15/9/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; CCRC Bovingdon 27/7/43; 384BG Grafton Underwood 22/9/43; Salvaged NBD 31/5/45. JERSEY BOUNCE.

  • 41-24558 Hunga Dunga

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F-25-BO 41-24558 [VK:F] "Hunga Dunga" was assigned to the 358BS/303BG [VK-F] at Bangor. Maine on 14-Oct-42; arrived at Molesworth, UK on 16-Oct-42; Missing in Action Vegasack 18-Mar-43 when it was attacked by enemy aircraft near Helgoland. Germany...

  • 41-24562 Sky Wolf

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-A] Bangor 14/10/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; 60m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Aubrey Emerson, Co-pilot: McDonald Riddick, Navigator: Lew Halliburton, Bombardier: Don Delaura, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Grover...

  • 42-29520

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/12/42; Salina 9/1/43; Morrison 12/2/43; Homestead 17/2/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-O] Molesworth 6/3/43; transferred 323BS/91BG [OR-S] Bassingbourn 7/9/43; Missing in Action Bremen 8/10/43 with John Karp, Co-pilot: Dave Boswell,...

  • 42-29573 Two Beauts

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 42-29573 [VK-H] "Two Beauts" 303BG/358BS was delivered at Denver 6-Jan-43; Salina 12-Jan-43; Morrison 12-Feb-43; Homestead 15-Feb-43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-H] Molesworth 6-Mar-43 ...

  • 42-5432 The Hunting Club

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/12/42; Morrison 7/2/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-B] Molesworth 25/2/43; Missing in Action Huls 22/6/43 with Ray Jess, Navigator: Bob Davidson, Bombardier: Jim Montgomery, Radio Operator: Joe Godzinski, Ball turret gunner: Byron...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 41

    8 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rennes and Rouen, France are the primary targets for this mission. A formation comprised of 67 B-17s: 91BG (14); 303BG (19); 305BG (16) and 306BG (18) is despatched to bomb at Rennes. Conditions are good with no cloud...

  • VIII Bomber Command 42

    12 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville, France is the primary target for 72 B-17s. 91BG (18); 303BG (18) ; 305BG (17) and 306BG (19). Of this formation, 63 are effective on the target. There are no aircraft losses or claims on enemy...

  • VIII Bomber Command 43

    13 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Amiens/Longeau, France are the primary target for this mission but the rail line at Romescamps, the German airfield at Abbevile/Drucat and two other targets of opportunity are also bombed. 80 B-17s are despatched: 91BG...

  • VIII Bomber Command 45

    18 March 1943
    The U-Boat pens at Vegesack-Bremen are the primary target of this mission. 76 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (18) and 306BG (20). These are joined by 17 B-24's: 44BG (9) and 93BG (15). Of the 103 aircraft despatched 97 are effective...

  • VIII Bomber Command 46

    22 March 1943
    The U-Boat pens and harbour facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. 76 B-17's are despatched: 91BG (21); 303BG (18); 305BG (18); and 306BG (19). These are joined by 26 B-24's: 44BG (12) and 93BG (14). Of this force...

  • VIII Bomber Command 47

    28 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville are the primary target. 79 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (22); 303BG (18); 305BG (19); 306BG (20). Of the 79 B-17's despatched 70 are effecrive on the target. One B-17 is MIA and 9 are damaged. The bomber...

  • VIII Bomber Command 48

    31 March 1943
    The shipyards ar Rotterdam, Holland are the primary target. 78 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (20); 305BG (19) and 306BG (19). The weather prevents bombing by 91BG and 306BG reducing the total effective on the target to 33 of the 78 despatched....

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned to Unit Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 22 February 1942

Assigned as Ball Turret Gunner with the crew of 2LT James R. Dunn at Molesworth, UK.

Mission #1, SSGT Carl E. Shellman, w/B-17F 41-24539, 303BG/358BS Rennes, France 8 March 1943

Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24539 "Jersey Bounce", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rennes, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2, SSGT Carl E. Shellman, w/B-17F 41-24558, 303BG/358BS - Aborted Rouen, France 12 March 1943

Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24558 "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #3, SSGT Carl E. Shellman, w/B-17F 42-5432, 303BG/358BS Amiens, France 13 March 1943

Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 42-5432 "The Hunting Club", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Amiens, France. RTB OK.

Mission #4, SSGT Carl E. Shellman, w/B-17F 42-29520, 303BG/358BS Bremen-Vegesack, Bremen, Germany 18 March 1943

Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 42-24520, 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat construction yards at Vegesack, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #5, SSGT Carl E. Shellman, w/B-17F 41-24562, 303BG/358BS Wilhelmshaven, Germany 22 March 1943

Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24562 "Sky Wolf", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #6, SSGT Carl E. Shellman, w/B-17F 42-5432, 303BG/358BS Rouen, France 28 March 1943

Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 42-5432 "The Hunting Club", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. RTB OK.

Killed on Mission (KOM) Mears Ashby, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN6, UK 31 March 1943

Killed when the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision over Mears Ashby, UK during assembly.

Mission #7, SSGT Carl E. Shellman, w/B-17F 42-29573, 303BG/358BS - KOM Rotterdam, Netherlands 31 March 1943

Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 42-29573 "Two Beauts", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. The aircraft sustained a mid-air collision during assembly and crashed. He was Killed on Mission. KOM

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 22:11:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2016. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 31-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/027.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 22:09:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 28-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/026.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 22:05:47 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/025.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 22:01:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/024.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 21:59:16 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/023.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 21:56:51 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/022.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 21:51:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2016. Made connections to Place, Aircraft and Missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, James R. Dunn crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/358dunn.html

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 21:45:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 8-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/021.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 21:41:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2016. Added Killed on Mission event per 303BG webiste, Gary Moncur, Historian, James R. Dunn crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/358dunn.html

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 21:37:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2016. Added Assigned to Unit event per 303BG webiste, Gary Moncur, Historian, James R. Dunn crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/358dunn.html

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 21:35:54 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2014. Added initial assignment info, loss details and Participations statement to Summary Biography; Made connections to Place, AIrcraft and Missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, James R. Dunn crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/358dunn.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey, p. 94, 303rd web site

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